Volkswagen California


With a complete kitchen and enough space to sleep four, the Volkswagen California is a camper van with all the bases covered. 

Perfect for families or couples, it is the lynchpin of a successful holiday.

The new Volkswagen California can be discovered at Jardine Motors Group in Essex.


To maximise safety throughout your trip, the Volkswagen California features an Anti-lock Braking System and Electronic Brake Force Distribution, which combine to spread the impact of braking across all of the wheels.

Airbags are located within the cabin and in the side and front curtains of the living area, and a first aid bag and warning triangle are stored safely for use.


The powerful frame of the Volkswagen California makes an instant impression but, despite having enough space for the whole family, it is actually the same length as a standard MPV, giving it increased mobility. Inside, the large cabin contains everything you need to complete the holiday experience, with heated seats, carpeted floor, and the option to blackout the windscreen and cab doors at night.The living area is where the California really comes into its own. Two folding chairs, a clothes cupboard, and stylish curtains will have everybody feeling at home, and you can stash plenty of food in the 42-litre “Waeco” fridge. The kitchen unit includes a sink/cooker combination with a removable washing-up bowl, and the floor has a plastic safety cover.The innovative roof transforms into an extra bed using a gas-spring supported pivoting mechanism, and the resulting roof bed has closable ventilation windows, a mosquito net, and foam padding to keep its occupants comfortable.


The attention to detail continues beneath the bonnet.

A selection of four TDI common rail engines, ranging from 84PS to 180PS, means you can choose the power band to suit your purposes.

A Direct Shift Gearbox conserves energy each time you change gear, so fuel economy can reach an impressive 43.4mpg and, with CO2 emissions ranging from 203 to 214g/km thanks to diesel particulate filters, the California has never been greener.

California 6.1

The Volkswagen California is the camper van of choice for globetrotters all over the world with sales of over 175,000. Striking features on the California Ocean 6.1 include the chrome-plated radiator grille as a single unit with the new LED daytime running lights, a larger air intake and chrome strip also adorning the bumper.


Usable day to day as an MPV, the California is full of well-thought-out details with a compact set of kitchen units and an additional double USB socket. Eye-catching and practical: new aluminium handles on all doors with push buttons for opening up the kitchen surface (sink, cooker, fridge). The shutters in the rear cupboard have been replaced by newly designed sliding doors. All of the cupboards’ elegant wood grains have also been redesigned: the lighter Bright Oak and darker Graphite Grey. Also matched to the new décor by the interior designers are the new darker seat covers in Palladium Grey.

The beds are now even more comfortable, the high bed has a sprung base, while the double rear bench seat that folds out to create a bed can also be transformed into a lounge. The darker grey canvas sides of the pop-up roof with integrated top bed keep out unwanted light but when you want to wake up the new sunrise function uses individually selectable LEDs in the roof and living area to brighten the lights over your chosen time period.

Aside from all the new features of the California 6.1, it remains as ever the case that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is staying loyal to all the clever details that make this camper so practical and thus ultimately iconic – such as the camping table integrated within the sliding door and the camping chairs stowed in the tailgate. Making it a comfortable home from home for you and your guests.

Digital update

The California 6.1 has a newly developed large, full colour touchscreen control panel in the overhead console. This is the nerve centre for your camper, controlling ‘Camping’ (mode), ‘Cool Box’, ‘Light’ and the ‘Set-up’ of the system.

In the California Ocean 6.1 the electro-hydraulic pop-up roof is controlled via the ‘Pop-up Roof' menu and the air heating that also comes at no extra charge in the top model via ‘Auxiliary Heating’. The new ‘Level’ function shows the lengthways and crossways angle at which the California is parked on the campsite. That makes it very easy to get the Bulli level. The sunrise function, meanwhile, is on the ‘Light’ menu and activated via ‘Alarm’.

The new ‘Digital Cockpit’ give the option to have an entirely digital instrument panel. The infotainment range has been reconfigured with the Composition Audio (line display) and Composition Colour (6.5-inch touchscreen). Discover Media (8-inch touchscreen) and Discover Pro (9.2-inch) are also new on the 6.1, from the third generation of the Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3) which provides features such as integration of the Apple Music and TIDAL streaming services, natural voice control and App Connect Wireless. The most important new feature of all systems is an integrated eSIM which forms the interface to numerous online functions and services. 


The California 6.1 switches from hydraulic to electro-mechanical power steering. New driver assistance systems include Lane Assist, Park Assist, a side protection function (warns of obstacles when manoeuvring) and Trailer Assist (simplifies manoeuvring with a trailer). Also included as standard is Cross Wind Assist, automatically stabilising the camper van in the event of strong winds.

Vehicle Length 4892 mm / 192.6 in
Vehicle Width 1904 mm / 75 in
Vehicle Height (unladen) 1995 mm / 78.5 in
Wheelbase 3000 nm / 118.1 in
Unladen Weight (DIN) 2315 kg / 5301 lb

​Engine / Cylinders2.0-litre/4​
​Engine Capacity1968 cc​
​Max Torque340 nm @1750-2500 rpm​
​Max Power103 kW @3500 rpm​
Top Speed 106 mph
Acceleration 0-62 mph / 15.7 sec
Combined Cycle 36.7 mpg
Urban Cycle 28.8 mpg
CO2 203 g/km

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